Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I prefer the first one, the one on the right

Monday, January 30, 2012

mixed media
I may not be posting each day,
some things I can't post yet

Friday, January 27, 2012

 part of a journal page
karla turns 5 today!
 piggie drawings
and a couple actual piggies
as show in drawings above

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Saturday, January 21, 2012

from the journal
1-19, 1-20

Thursday, January 19, 2012

two portraits with photo references

trying out colored pencil on drafting film

Monday, January 16, 2012

No one wants one

evidently no one wants a free portrait of their beloved animal
I only had one response to my contest...
so much for that idea!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Free Realistic Cat or Dog Portrait Give Away

I am hosting a Free Pet Portrait Give Away Contest
here is how it works...

send me your cutest or best cat or dog photo to me at
photos must be clear and close up to enter
and you must be willing to let me have permission to use the photo
as reference material for portrait samples
even if you don't win THIS TIME
I will announce the winner
tomorrow morning Jan. 16 2012 by 9am Chicago time

any photo received with the permission to be used
as reference for future portrait samples
will be available for that pet owner to purchase
so please be sure to include contact info with your photo
just an email is sufficient
I will not share this info with anyone.

Please send only cats or dogs at this time
and only one animal for this give away
thanks for looking and participating!

you can see more of my work here
thanks and good luck!

Rocket step by step progress

above photo was half way through
I always like to see step by step
progression so throughout this one I took photos

I noticed last night after posting to FB
and here the left side need to be darkened a bit more
Taking photos inside with a flash, they never seem to look true color

even with a scanned image

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

missed a post

Rocket WIP
I did start a different dog yesterday
but did not get far enough to post it yet
this one is from today
charcoal on white card stock

Monday, January 9, 2012

so so

not a very productive day today
too much chaos
here are two I started not very happy with either
maybe they will look better in the morning

Sunday, January 8, 2012

two kitties colored pencil

finished this one
colored pencil on black linen

eli close up
photo reference
pretty fluffy kitty
colored pencil on smooth black paper

pretty fluffy kitty close up

Saturday, January 7, 2012

ok so

started this yesterday

a little bit farther on max today
started one of eli colored pencil on black linen

not like anyone is watching these daily anywho
so maybe i am not finishing one each day
but am definitely working on at least one animal a day if not more
it is my challenge anyways

Friday, January 6, 2012

ananimal a day

this was a commission job done today
pet caricatures from photos
I would add the photo except
I am not able to copy it out of my Etsy store

Thursday, January 5, 2012

quick sketch westie

not my only animal from today
but this is for my post...
have a photo reference
body needs help

this was an old neighbors westie
rework in time

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

eli in black granite

finished my tile of

hand etched in black marble

these are very difficult to photograph
with the glare and reflections
had to go outside

good sample for cat portraits in marble!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


ink, watercolor, charcoal, pastel
on kraft paper

I decided to give myself a challenge since
having to draw many dogs and cats
over the holiday season
so I have challenged myself to do
an animal a day
as I didn't want to limit it to just cats and dogs
even though today is the third of Jan 2012
I drew like 7 yesterday so I am all good to go
here is one from yesterday but colored today